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Posted Nov 04 2009 10:04pm

Today, while standing in line at the Safeway with Kyle, a very perky lady behind me tapped me on the shoulder and asked me when I was due.  Everyone was waiting expectantly for my answer, with looks of joy on their faces.

Until I turned beet red and mumbled, “I’m not pregnant.”

Combine this dress with prednisone's side effects, and apparently I look pregnant. This is never leaving my closet again.

Combine this dress with prednisone' s side effects, and apparently I look pregnant. This is never leaving my closet again.

Kyle turned beet red too, and tried his best to help me laugh it off.  I was pretty upset at the time, but now it seems a little funny.  The thing about prednisone is that it creates pretty much the perfect storm with regards to making a lady look preggers when she’s really not!  Prednisone causes your body to change the way your body fat is distributed, making it form a big spare tire around your midsection.  So, one mark against me is my prednisone fat.  Ick.  Next, it can cause an insatiable appetite, which can lead to weight gain.  Mark two against me, as it makes my spare tire bigger.  It also can cause weight gain on its own, partially because now my intestines are calm enough to actually absorb things, so that’s mark three- I’m actually gaining weight regardless of my diet anyway.  Ladies on prednisone, you may know it can also cause some swelling in the chest region…. mark four against me, making me look preggers.  And to top it all off, that day I chose to wear an empire waist dress.  Bad choice.  Looks like maternity wear.

So really, I can’t blame the lady for assuming I’m pregnant.  But is there really a worse social faux pas amongst women than this?  Luckily, I have a husband who is very good at making me feel better after things like this, but for a moment after it happened, I was seriously considering becoming a hermit and never leaving my house again.  Instead, Kyle and I decided to try to curb my steroid-appetite and go for more walks.

How would you respond to this situation, were it you?  If you were recovering from illness, and the meds made people ask you when your due date is?

Kyle and I had a few ideas of what I could’ve answered to “When are you due?”

“I’m not sure! I don’t believe in ultrasound.”

“I’m just fat.”

“Oh, any day now- honey, can we hit the liquor store after this?  I need a drink.”

and my favorite… “Shh, he doesn’t know he’s not the father!” (while pointing at Kyle)

*sigh*  Well, I guess I should count my blessings.  I’d much rather be putting on some weight but feeling good, with energy to spare, able to walk to Safeway and go on a shopping trip there without any panics or problems, than being a size two and sick as a dog.  I’ve been on both sides of the fence, and I much prefer being a bit chubby!

Today, while standing in line at the Safeway with Kyle, a very perky lady behind me tapped me on the shoulder and asked me when I was due.  Everyone was waiting expectantly for my answer, with looks of joy on their faces.

Until I turned beet red and mumbled, “I’m not pregnant.”

Combine this dress with prednisone's side effects, and apparently I look pregnant. This is never leaving my closet again.

Combine this dress with prednisone' s side effects, and apparently I look pregnant. This is never leaving my closet again.

Kyle turned beet red too, and tried his best to help me laugh it off.  I was pretty upset at the time, but now it seems a little funny.  The thing about prednisone is that it creates pretty much the perfect storm with regards to making a lady look preggers when she’s really not!  Prednisone causes your body to change the way your body fat is distributed, making it form a big spare tire around your midsection.  So, one mark against me is my prednisone fat.  Ick.  Next, it can cause an insatiable appetite, which can lead to weight gain.  Mark two against me, as it makes my spare tire bigger.  It also can cause weight gain on its own, partially because now my intestines are calm enough to actually absorb things, so that’s mark three- I’m actually gaining weight regardless of my diet anyway.  Ladies on prednisone, you may know it can also cause some swelling in the chest region…. mark four against me, making me look preggers.  And to top it all off, that day I chose to wear an empire waist dress.  Bad choice.  Looks like maternity wear.

So really, I can’t blame the lady for assuming I’m pregnant.  But is there really a worse social faux pas amongst women than this?  Luckily, I have a husband who is very good at making me feel better after things like this, but for a moment after it happened, I was seriously considering becoming a hermit and never leaving my house again.  Instead, Kyle and I decided to try to curb my steroid-appetite and go for more walks.

How would you respond to this situation, were it you?  If you were recovering from illness, and the meds made people ask you when your due date is?

Kyle and I had a few ideas of what I could’ve answered to “When are you due?”

“I’m not sure! I don’t believe in ultrasound.”

“I’m just fat.”

“Oh, any day now- honey, can we hit the liquor store after this?  I need a drink.”

and my favorite… “Shh, he doesn’t know he’s not the father!” (while pointing at Kyle)

*sigh*  Well, I guess I should count my blessings.  I’d much rather be putting on some weight but feeling good, with energy to spare, able to walk to Safeway and go on a shopping trip there without any panics or problems, than being a size two and sick as a dog.  I’ve been on both sides of the fence, and I much prefer being a bit chubby!

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